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12-13-2012, 05:04 PM
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How are the Leaf fans spending your 2012-13 cash?

Hopefully most here don't miss the NHL at all and fill the void easily. Thanks to the greed of both sides in the NHL, I have been gladly investing this NHL money elsewhere and will continue to do so.

With this in mind, here are a few ideas of how regular folks can reinvest their hard-earned NHL money this winter outside of hockey.

CURLING
For curling, the Scott Tournament of Hearts women's nationals are in Kingston in mid-February. Then in mid-April, the Players' Championship season-ending bonspiel will be held at the old Maple Leaf Gardens, which will bring in the top 8 men's and top 8 women's money leaders from the World Curling Tour. Note that curling is the second highest-rated ratings in Canada, and for good reason. As one of the few taking in the Grand Slam of Curling in November, I can confirm the athletes are down-to-earth folks (when was the last time you had a beer and discussed strategy with your favourite NHLer?).

FIGURE SKATING
Before you mock the sport, note that after the Gold Medal Men's Hockey, this was the most sought-after ticket at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. South Ontarians are very lucky this year, as the Canadian Figure Skating Championships are in Mississauga in mid-January, and priced very competitively. The field will include world top ice dance pairs (Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir) and world top men's favourite Patrick Chan. This is followed by the World Figure Skating Championships, which take place in London in mid-March. Certainly an ultra-rare opportunity, as the last time there were held in Ontario was 1984 (Ottawa) and the last time in Canada 2006 (Calgary).

BASEBALL
Looks like the ideal AA Jays baseball farm team in a revamped Ottawa Lynx stadium is dead. However, the Toronto Blue Jays - for the first time since 1993 - are finally fielding a competitive team. I wrote a while back about how I found it sickening that Rogers, the same company that funds ex-players to go on every road trip to make one obvious comment "they need to stay out of the box", all while ramming Rogers' idiotic commercials down our neck on seemingly every channel other than TSN, yet Rogers absolutely refuses to field a competitive baseball team in their premiere market (and a city that has been dying for a winner). Went to 10 Jays Toronto games in 2012 and saw 12 Jays games on the road. This may go up in 2013 - barring major injuries, they will contend with the Yankees and Rangers for tops in the AL. I've hit up 24 of the MLB parks while partying in their cities, and thanks to the greed of the NHL, I aim to relish the remainder in 2013.

Throw in a steady stream of concerts in and out of the city, and the Sens should know I am finding absolutely no problem placing my entertainment dollar elsewhere. Hopefully there were some folks on this board with similar accounts.

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Past great event - CFL Football
Big props to your city. Fully experienced downtown Toronto for a week in late November to celebrate the historic 100th Grey Cup. Week cost over a quarter NHL season, but well, well worth it.

The time was unbelievable, as every day was jam-packed with events, many of them free, including lunch with the Lieutenant Governor at Queen's Park; an impromptu pep rally with all the Argos and maybe 2,000 fans; the famous Calgary pancake breakfast (note that all of the volunteers including the awesome country bands come in on their own dime - 30 grills in a row with two staffing each and tons of country music); impressive cheerleader performances from all 8 teams (and meeting most of them and interesting conversations with their coaches); the hyperactive mascots from most teams; tons of concerts with some of Canada's top acts; a state of the league conference with the commissioner Mark Cohon (as opposed to one that blows off the media and gives vague answers to direct questions; though the inferior Fehr goes to the grave for the destruction of baseball in Canada post-1993); the 1950 recreation of the Mud Bowl game with all the Toronto media douches covered head to toe.

Add a unique fan parade with an abundance of jubilant fans sporting their team colors; a free four-day Fanfest at the MTCC, where I got to talk extensively with Matt Dunigan (30 minutes, very interesting guy with intellect well beyond what we see on TSN), Milt Stegall (hilarious dude), Darren Dutchyshen (great guy, remembered me from last year), Rod Black (he's huge, gruff and has no lack of feelings for the current state of the NHL) and a host of CFL legends. Even threw the ball around with Dunigan earlier in the week at the Nathan Phillips Square football field (where the winter ice rink usually is). Then zip-lined through the longest temporary zip liner in the world for a reasonable $20.

Still, the highlight may very well have been the nightly team parties starting on the Thursday. Anyone who went knows exactly what I speak of. Spirit of Edmonton was free, off the chain with live bands, players and cheerleader performances. Molson or Heineken 500ml cans were $7 (as opposed to $11 at the ACC), all food reasonable; hence they didn't even gouge when the could have, as people come in from all parts of the country and would be willing to pay whatever to have a good time.

At the BC Lions Den, I met and partied with the owner's son, who handed over a copy of the official game-day program right off the press on the Saturday night (you could not buy it anywhere before the game, I looked) and told a boatload of hilarious stories. Then there was the intimate yet always-packed Stamps House, with Alberta country girls and cool dudes everywhere, they even brought in their own Grey Cup Queen and three Princesses, all delightful. Then there's rowdy Riderville, which sold out early on the Saturday (and many of these rooms at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre were the size of a hockey rink, pint-sized Stamps Hose being the exception).

On the eve of the game, Toronto had a free afternoon Double Blue festival with many ex-Argo legends (Mike 'Pinball' Clemons, Damon Allen, current GM Jim Barker etc.) giving speeches and insight into what is going through the players' minds in the lead-up to the game. Maybe 3,000 were in the massive concert hall that I am told could accommodate 12,000. Then met an accomplished artist David Arrigo (darrigoart.com), who did all the CFL team tribute posters and has designed a number of NHL masks, including a very cool Zep-inspired one for Brent Johnson.

The NHL COULD LEARN A TON FROM THE CFL AT ALL LEVELS. The CFL gets it right, and appreciate their fans, from the commissioner, to the players, to the cheerleaders, and all the way down the line. I met and talked extensively to CFL Hall of Famers all week. Even CFL fans are civil and respectful of one another (try wearing an opposing jersey at the upper level of the ACC, let alone in Boston, NY). CFL = 100 hundred years and ZERO strikes or lockouts. With all the VIP B.S. ($1,000/ticket Maxim parties; $4,000/ticket nosebleeds; sold out city hotels, dump hotel rooms within a 200-mile radius charging 1000% rack rates) at the SuperBowl.

I am sold that the Grey Cup is the ultimate fan experience in North America. Unlike any other sport, the Grey Cup brings fans from all cities together in a jovial celebration of all things great about the CFL. It exceeded all expectations. As a comparative, I thought the NHL All-Star weekend in Ottawa was excellent, but the Grey Cup is on a entirely different level. One is a delightful appetizer, the other a never-ending feast with premium booze.

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When the NHL returns, be it 2013 or 2014, rest assured MTL/TOR/WPG/CGY/EDM/VAN will have their standard 41 sellouts. With their transients, Ottawa is a different story. In the meantime, are you a slave to the Leafs, or do you support alternative entertainment? You should be proud of the 100th Grey Cup. It was off the charts.


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UFC they have some amazing fighters, consistantly put on quality fight cards and just a few days ago gave us a PPV quality card free

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I'll probably bandwagon the Jays.

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Hopefully most here don't miss the NHL at all and fill the void easily.
Why would you be hopeful that Hockey fans wouldn't miss the NHL? Of course everyone misses it.

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In the meantime, are you a slave to the Leafs, or do you support alternative entertainment?
why does it have to be one or the other?
why are you a slave if you support the Leafs?
aren't you a Leaf fan?

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Reyes jersey. And more Jays gear than ever. The new logo is just too amazing not to splurge. Caps, toques, jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies!

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You seriously come to a hockey forum and expect the people who are reading it don't miss hockey ?

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FIGURE SKATING
Before you mock the sport, note that after the Gold Medal Men's Hockey, this was the most sought-after ticket at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. South Ontarians are very lucky this year, as the Canadian Figure Skating Championships are in Mississauga in mid-January, and priced very competitively. The field will include world top ice dance pairs (Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir) and world top men's favourite Patrick Chan. This is followed by the World Figure Skating Championships, which take place in London in mid-March. Certainly an ultra-rare opportunity, as the last time there were held in Ontario was 1984 (Ottawa) and the last time in Canada 2006 (Calgary).
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Well, I've been to two Marlies games already and have tickets to another one soon. I love Marlies games because it's a more intimate atmosphere and the price for tickets is great!

Other than that, I don't think much has changed.. I can't afford tickets to games, and usually watch them on TV or at bars. I still go to bars and watch TV, so I'm not saving much money in that regards.

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bought a jays flex pack..i doubt it was nhl lockout related but who knows

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Put the money in savings toward next season to be able to go to even more games when the NHL resumes.

Honestly you guys...

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I didn't really get to spend any money on games or anything since I'm living in Halifax right now, so no real change. Rarely buy merchandise, just got a Dion jersey two years ago and that's about it. Spending my money as I normally would on beer, going out etc. Gone to a few Mooseheads game too.

But planning on getting Jays seasons or a flex pack for sure. Debating a jersey, will probably hold off for now though.

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getting 2 season seats for TFC. Since I'm buyi ng tomorrow, I won't be attending a single Leaf game this year even if they settled tomorrow. MLSE still wins, so what else is new?

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Beer.

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Definitely playing more Xbox; NHL, FIFA and the new Farcry game is slick. Hard to say if I'm saving money with no season as I don't live in TO but I guess the $130 or whatever it is for Gamecenter I would have spent but that's about it. Not buyin any merch for awhile either

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More restaurants, we are becoming staples at Alioli's in Mississauga on Saturday night.

I split Seasons with my dad and brother, my share is about $2500, plus probably an extra thousand a year on in game/around game spending.

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I bought myself new Bauer skates and a new helmet, signed up for some hockey training on Sundays. Also we got a new camera.

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I have Guelph Storm seasons tickets and can watch Leaf prospects Matt Finn and Garrett Sparks weekly. (Very encouraged by the way)

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Haven't really thought about it. Maybe I'll buy some CHL streams since I'm not paying for Centre Ice/GameCentre.

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My interest is all about the NFL, and the Halifax Mooseheads now.

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Just bought my first home and flex pack for the jays next year.

I'm almost ready to give up on hockey permanently, and I don't just mean the NHL. Without caring about the ultimate show, it's hard to care about the subsequent levels.

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i dropped 600 bucks on Grey Cup tickets, now...... i wait.

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Just bought my first home and flex pack for the jays next year.

I'm almost ready to give up on hockey permanently, and I don't just mean the NHL. Without caring about the ultimate show, it's hard to care about the subsequent levels.
Yeah...Jays could be exciting next summer. When was the last time a Toronto team was favored to win the championship? They at the very least should be playing meaningful baseball right until the end.

I am very very very disappointed in the NHL. Its the only professional sports league who treats their fans like garbage. MLB did it and got hurt by it. I hope the NHL suffers for it too. They deserve to. Depending on the outcome....I may drop the last sport I truly follow....or should say league..because like you, I couldn't care less about Junior or CHL or AHL hockey.

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All moneys reserved for nhl or maple leafs use has been allocated as such for the purchasing and enjoyment of mlb or more specifically the toronto blue jays!!

**** the nhl. I'm done for at least one complete season.

I will not watch a single game if there are any this season and the entire season starting next october.

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